Frances Rogoznica

Frances Rogoznica (née Oles), 92, of Riverside, died peacefully on Dec. 18, 2021.

Ms. Rogoznica was born to Mary (nee Krochmal) and Jozef Oles and was raised in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood where she attended St. Adalbert Grammar School.

For many years, she was a fixture behind the counter at Oles Candy Store, the business her Polish immigrant parents opened and where she was known for her boisterous laugh. 

Once married, she followed her professional bowler husband’s passion and joined the women’s league at Marquette Bowl. In later years, she was a regular at the St. Bede’s bingo hall, where she shared her famous home-baked kolacky with fellow gamblers.

Ms. Rogoznica was the wife of 40 years of the late Andrew Rogoznica and the mother of Gail (Mark) McKernin and June Rogoznica (Andrew Kligerman).

The fourth of five siblings, Frances was preceded in death by her brothers, Casimer “Casey” and Stanley “Stas’” and her sisters, Lottie Schroeder and Helka Stefenhagen.

Her beautiful legacy includes grandchildren Erin (Nathan) Louer, Andrew (Kate) McKernin, Emma (Jack) Maloney, Matthew and Jackson Kligerman and great-grandchildren Caroline and Harrison Louer. 

She was the aunt of Leona Mucha, Dawn Stefenhagen and Denise (Dan) Reese and also leaves behind five great-nieces and nephews, including Darren and Melanie Mucha, Kyle and Bradley Reese and Beverly (James) Beach-Goebel.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.